Wondering about how smooth gameplay will be on Android TV? This looks pretty smooth

Wondering about how smooth gameplay will be on Android TV? This looks pretty smooth
While at Google I/O, we played up Android TV and took you on a quick walk through of what it would have to offer, except gaming.

The reason was that the volume on the TV in the lounge was apparently stuck on “11” and so the staffers asked everyone to keep the noise down. Based on what we had seen up that point, we surmised that we had no reason to doubt the quality of playing games using Android TV.

We knew there would be cynics amongst our readership, and such cynicism is perfectly understandable, especially with a small set-top box with no vents, no processor fan, none of the hardware features that keep the established players up and running for hours’ worth of gaming.

Thinking about that, we later went out on the convention floor to the developer exhibit and captured some action of a Googler playing RipTide on Android TV. The game is not of the caliber of say, Forza Motorsport 5, but it is not some 8-bit version of Pong either.

As you can see from what we grabbed in the video below, gameplay is quite impressive. We realize that one minute of action does not mean all will be cool running after an hour or two of gaming, but the expectation is there. With Android TV still being under development, and seeing this level of performance at this juncture, we suspect that buyers will find little to complain about once it is on the market.

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27 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Real Racing 3 and Modern Combat 4 will look awesome on that..

8. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Make that Modern Combat 5

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

It looks pretty sweet to me!

3. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I'm getting it!

4. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Android is taking over the world. Apple should shut down their mobile division before they are humiliated by google. Oh wait.... 90℅ of their income comes from there lol

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Your logic lol

5. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I wish Google came out with an Android TV media box. It can be powered by Tegra K1 since it will be plugged in all the time. I'd buy that over Apple TV, Fire TV, or Roku

22. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

That's happening Just not by Google, Asus and another company had already said they are bringing separate Android TV box later this year and I'm pretty sure quite a few others will eventually start doing the same. At the very least will definitely get those none branded Android TV mini sticks just with a proper ui now and not the current Android TV sticks that have the normal phone ui. I will definitely be getting one of the Android TV boxes by a branded name as long as it's competitive in price with two apple TV, roku etc.

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Android and smooth.....these things can't be together.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

As good as saying ms windows and netbook can't be smooth. Who care! Netbook sell In millions enough to start a netbook craze. Open platform allow flexibility you get what you pay for.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Pay for a decent android device like Note 3, a bluetooth controller and game away! Top 10 HD Android Games 2014 (HIGH GRAPHICS):http://youtu.be/vV_pRFrFkp8

10. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Really? Android was never meant for gaming. Lose that java and it may be a considerable console contender.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

One of the Japanese RPG game I would be playing; I get a lot of negative feedback from my PC friends when I started console gaming and here we are. Negative feedback for mobile gaming. Implosion iOS/Android Teaser:http://youtu.be/d9QSn0KkwWs

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO mobile gaming could potentially replace consoles for casual gamers Because (nearly) everyone has a smartphone, so it would save money as you could plug into a dock and and play on your TV with $10 games, instead of having to buy a $400 console plus $60+ games The K1 is already supposedly faster than the PS3/360, so in a few years flagships will be well ahead of the PS3/360 I wouldn't be surprise if in 5 years flagships are faster than the PS4 However, I'll probably stick with PC gaming since PC gaming is probably still gonna the best IMO

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

PS 4/Xbox One use AMD HD 7870 configuration. Would that gpu last 5-6 years? Developers feedback they already have to made graphics compromise for PS4/Xbox one 1080p gaming today. I have MSI GTX 580 SLI for my 3D vision PC gaming waiting for Nvidia GTX 880 to diy my next desktop which is delay again to 2015. Anyway for any gaming platform its the game that matters.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Actually, PS4 use 7870 but with 2 CUs disabled and underclocked, so they are actually only 1.8 TFLOPs instead of 2.5 TFLOPs, meaning the PS4's GPU should perform about the same as the 7850 or R7 265 (Xbox uses a R7 260 or R7 260X, can't remember exactly which one) However the PS4's Jaguar based CPU (Jaguar architecture was originally design to compete against Intels Atom tablet CPUs) is bottlenecking its GPU The R7 265 should be getting 1080p 60 fps at the PS4's medium/high settings but many games such as Theif, AC4 and BF4 (also even more announced games, e.g. the Witcher 3, the Crew,...) are only 900p or 30 fps So there will probably be more 720/900p or 30 fps games in the future, unless if the devs lower the graphics settings or DX12/Mantle helps them (which it should) But yea there definately a great line up of games for both consoles

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Thanks for the information. I am on the sideline for xbox one and ps4. Waiting for the right game I guess.

21. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Just build yourself a micro/mini itx system and attach it to a nice big tv. Cuts cable costs for shows and games are a lot nicer on a proper pc. Just finished my build in a fractal design node 804. All the best tv shows and movies cost a fortune through cable companies!

23. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yeah $10 game with pay-to-unlock system with little playable time together with a $300 flagship that will not be current after a year. The PS3 which is released in 2007 and that Nexus 5 of yours which released just last year, guess who can play Final Fantasy XIII? Portal? Diablo? Crysis? Smartphone gaming can never take the place of the consoles and PC gaming.

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep I agree, mobiles are seriously lacking in games compared to consoles and PCs But I still thinks there's potential for mobiles to replace consoles for casual gamers

26. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yeah if only they do things right with Android. But with mobile gaming, WP and iOS are built for games.

28. scy1192

Posts: 11; Member since: May 15, 2014

Android supports native code just like Windows Phone and iOS. Nearly every game uses this.

16. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Oh my, just no. I'll keep my pc and Xbox one/wii u for real gaming. Google will have to earn their way into my heart for real gaming.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Believe me you are never their target audience. You can't even be true to yourself. Always pretending to be someone else. Some thing else. I am a currently a Note 3 user and I am not afraid to admit it.

20. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Android TV with Tegra K1 should theoretically be capable of playing GTA V smoothly

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